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Canoeing

Canoeing trips utilize canoes for two people to paddle, generally down a river. We mostly offer day trips on Class I rivers. These are easy-flowing rivers. Occasionally, we offer a whitewater canoe trip, to a Class II – III river. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-14 people, and require no previous experience, except that you must know how to swim.  Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in canoeing. Canoeing equipment, complete with canoes, paddles, and life jackets, is included in the trip price.

Upcoming Trips

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SEPTEMBER 20 (Sunday)
River Clean-up via Canoeing
Harpeth River, TN
Cost:  Free!

Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 11

TO SIGN UP:
1.  You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click HERE to sign up.

3.  You are  officially signed up since this is a free trip.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 9/15 at 6:00 pm in the ORC.


We have cleaned this river before, so maybe it will show!  This will be a 5.5-mile canoe trip, except the emphasis will be on picking up the trash from the Harpeth River.  Equipment, transportation, clean-up supplies, and lunch are provided.  Beginners are welcome.   (Note:  this is during the VU Family Weekend.)  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 5 pm.

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SEPTEMBER 26 (Saturday)
Canoeing
Buffalo River, TN
Cost:  $41
Sign-up by:  Friday, Sept. 18

TO SIGN UP:
1.  You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.   Click HERE to sign up.

3.   You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $41 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 9/22 at 5:00 pm in the ORC.

The Buffalo River is one of the last free flowing rivers in Tennessee.  It is a fun Class I river that is good for beginners, but has enough interesting turns and ripples to satisfy more experienced canoeists.   We will paddle a 6.9 mile stretch of the river.  Cost includes transportation, lunch, canoe equipment and the shuttle.   Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 9 pm.
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OCTOBER 3 (Saturday)
Whitewater Canoeing
Hiwassee River, TN
Cost:  $75
Sign-up by:  Friday, Sept. 25

TO SIGN UP:
1.  You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.   Click HERE to sign up.

3.   You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $75 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 9/29 at 6:00 pm in the ORC.

Take a big break by joining the Outdoor Rec. team for a day of exciting rapid running on the Hiwassee, a state scenic river.  The 5.5 mile stretch of the Hiwassee is a fantastic introduction to WW Canoeing and offers a number of Class I – II+ rapids to test your paddling prowess.  Participants must be able to swim and canoeing experience is not required.  Estimated trip duration:  6 am – 10 pm.

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OCTOBER 11 (Sunday)

River Clean-up via Canoeing
Duck River, TN
Cost:  Free!

Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 2

TO SIGN UP:
1.  You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click HERE to sign up.

3.  You are officially signed up since this is a free trip.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 10/6 at 5:00 pm in the ORC.

 

The Duck River is a nice river with wooded banks and large, beautiful rock bluffs.  This will be a 5-mile canoe trip, except the emphasis will be on picking up the trash from the Duck River.  Equipment, transportation, clean-up supplies, and lunch are provided.  Beginners are welcome on this Class 1 River.  We may even see . . . ducks!   Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 6 pm.

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OCTOBER 15 – 18 (Thurs. – Sunday)
Canoe-Camping
Green River, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
Cost:  $154
Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 2

TO SIGN UP:
1.  You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.   Click HERE to sign up.
3.   You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $154 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Thursday, Oct. 8 at 5:00 pm in the ORC.

Although this National Park is known for its caves, it actually has a great river for canoe-camping.  The Green River is a fairly deep river with beautiful tree covered hills surrounding it.  We plan on going on a cave tour and car camping, before beginning an 18.5 mile, 3-day, 2-night canoe-camping trip. Highlights will include the fall colors and checking out a few small caves along the way.  We also plan to camp on islands each night.  Beginners are welcome.  Estimated trip duration:  7 am Thurs. – 5 pm Sun.

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Trip Information

Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12) and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.